Dec 3, 2014 1:04 PM by News Staff
The Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco smoking is banned.
The new restrictions ban electronic cigarettes and vaporizers in businesses and enclosed public spaces.
Electronic cigarettes vaporize nicotine in a liquid solution, and the smoker inhales vapor rather than tar and other harmful compounds in tobacco. The battery-operated devices, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, can be bought online and in convenience stores and smoke shops.
Critics say electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but others say the products are not nearly as harmful as traditional tobacco products.
Tonight on Action News Now reporter Charlene Cheng will have an in depth report on the decision and what it means.